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Dr Simon Lee

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We are sad to report the death of Dr Simon Lee in 2021. Simon was an eminent art historian whose research covered aspects of French and Spanish art in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries with particular emphasis on Jacques-Louis David, Eugène Delacroix and Francisco Goya. He also explored the relationship between the visual arts and the social and political upheavals of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic periods, including the imagery and ideology of territorial conquest and colonization. His selected publications are below. 

Selected publications

Simon published widely on Jacques-Louis David, including a monograph in 1999 (Phaidon Art & Ideas) and 'A newly discovered portrait of Napoleon by Jacques-Louis David' (Burlington Magazine, October 2013). His monograph on Delacroix appeared in the Phaidon Art & Ideas series in the Spring of 2015. His contribution to Melvyn Bragg's 'In Our Time' Radio 4 programme on Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People is available at

Simon has also written articles on Jean-Germain Drouais, Goya, and José Luzán and was consultant for television programmes on David, Goya and Delacroix by Tim Marlow in the second series of Great Artists for Channel 5.